Funded pre-school places at West Lothian

All Wee Gems nurseries in West Lothian are council partners and we offer 1000 hours funded hours for ages 3 to 5 subject to places being granted by the council for the child to our establishment.

All parents’ of children approaching age of 3 will be sent funding applications by the council and they are given option to choose preferred nursery and for those moving nursery an application can be made to the council for the chosen provider.

  • For applications received by the deadline, places are granted on a first-choice basis, as far as possible within existing resources.
  • In geographical areas that are over-subscribed other factors such as continuity of care and the need for wraparound care is taken into consideration where possible.
  • Once all applications received prior to the deadline have been granted, applications received after the deadline are allocated based on where spaces and funding is available.
  • Applications for children who reside out-with the West Lothian county boundary may be granted funding by West Lothian Council but will have a lower priority for funding that West Lothian children.
  • Applicants who are not granted a place for their first-choice establishment are placed on the establishments waiting list.  Waiting lists are managed using the same guidelines and priorities as admissions.

Applicants who are not granted a place for their first-choice establishment are placed on the establishments waiting list.  Waiting lists are managed using the same guidelines and priorities as admissions.

Funded pre-school places at Edinburgh

Edinburgh council will fund all application for places from partner nurseries; our Edinburgh branch is a partner nursery and funding is available subject to availability of places at the nursery.

This is the Edinburgh council’s current policy and does not guarantee future applications.